Emirates National Oil, owner of 53 per cent of Dragon, said it intends to offer 735 pence a share, a premium of 44 per cent from March 13th, the day before the talks were initially disclosed. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Emirates National Oil Co. proposed to buy the shares in Dragon Oil Plc it doesn’t already own, valuing the Dubai-based producer at about £3.6 billion (...)

Wayne Byrne, managing director, and Dr Eoin Syron, technical director, with the Oxymem team.  Photograph: David O’Shea

It’s been an eventful 12 months for last year’s overall winner of The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Oxymem, which took the top hono(...)

Ryanair: the low-cost carrier saw its shares fall 7 cent to €9.96, which was roughly in line with other airline stocks. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY Major European share indexes climbed to new multi-year highs, with the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, leading the f(...)

Albert Frère made his riches by buying up steelmakers in the 1950s and 1960s. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Albert Frère, Belgium’s richest man and chief executive of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, is to step down from the group he helped turn into Europe’s secon(...)

President Michael D Higgins: will be attending events in China aimed at promoting Ireland run by the Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Tourism Ireland, as well as the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and representatives from the universities.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There is a strong business flavour to this week’s visit by President Michael D Higgins to China as he will be attending events aimed at promoting Irel(...)

The price of a barrel of Brent Crude Oil has fallen quite dramatically in the past three months, from a peak of just under $115 a barrel in June to a (...)

Cousins Emma (13) and Jordan (12) Pim at the Quaker memorial in Wyse Park, Waterford city, a former Quaker burial ground. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The contribution of the Quakers to life in Waterford is to be remembered this weekend with the unveiling of a memorial at the site of the first Quaker(...)

Stock markets fell sharply in Europe as Middle East crisis intensifies. Photograph: EPA

European stocks fell sharply as violence in the Middle East escalated and a report showed the US economy shrank in the first quarter by the most sinc(...)

Miners are helped by rescue workers and friends from the coal mine  in Soma. The disaster in western Turkey is likely to be the country’s deadliest and is also the worst in a series of incidents in a sector that has seen 30,000 die since 1970. Photograph: Ozgu Ozdemir/Getty Images

A coal mine explosion and fire which have killed more than 200 people in Turkey coincides with increased pressure on utilities to drastically improve (...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)